Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Online Learning Network Possibilities

Stephen Downes discusses the difference between groups and networks.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Podcasts that I Listen Too

Podcasts that I Listen To Frequently

After talking with a fellow teacher, she thought it might be useful to specifically name a couple of podcasts that I listen to, along with how I use them. Hopefully, your memory is short and you forgot about how I talked about forsaking national media.

Inside Minnesota Politics This was one of the first podcast that I began listening to regularly. The host and producer, Mike McIntee, is a person that has been a great resource to me personally, but also students. When I was at MNCS, we visited his house/studio and he also came down to Henderson to talk podcasting. The posts have slowed down and Mr. McIntee is busy pursuing interests that helped develop from his knowledge of media. Inside Minnesota Politics was started purely grassroots (called "netroots" on the Internet) and ended up being a great source of information on candidates. This podcast has caused a lot of debate in the blogging and streaming video world. Search for yourself and see.

Meet the Press (hosted by Tim Russert) A weekly staple that I listen to stay informed about national politics. I usually listen to the audio format from the iTunes music store, but I included the video link for easy reference.

Face the Nation (host by Bob Schieffer) Another podcast that I listen to using audio from iTunes. Without the network commercials, this show only lasts about just over 20 minutes.

NPR Technology A weekly podcast which is feautures weekly highlights in business, technology trends and technology news. This is one of my favorites, as it usually reports the latest news or trends that I try to do research on. Some examples include: YouTube and video news, Google insight, the online game Second Life explanation, plus a whole lot more.

Mac Observer's Geek Gab A podcast that highlights listener questions and tips.

These are a few podcasts that I listen to quite regularly. Of course their are many others, but they are a bit more political in nature.

Here is a link to a podcast done by a student in my group:
Wholesomegoodness Podcast

I hope this helps! As always, if you want to chat about any of this, you know how to get a hold of me.

Stay tuned for a the next post in which I will use an example project and link useful podcasts to check out. The first person to email me an "example project" will get a jump start on their project.


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Using Podcasts for Learning

Podcasting (linked to Wikipedia)

Teachers, students and parents looking for resources or experts in a field of study should definitely look to podcasting as an option. Podcasts can be audio or video, and are easily listened to or viewed. Thanks to Flash technology, podcasting is booming. This once underground, grassroots media is now being used by big media companies like: NPR, CBS, Fox, and so on. As with all Internet information, I feel it is vitally important to let those with information have a voice, not just huge media corporations.

It is vitally important to have multiple points of view and be given information for more than advertising reasons.

This is a bit of a rant on media corporations, but check out the following podcast sights (just search a favorite category):

As you can see, Yahoo and Google are jumping into the podcast game. Podcasts are getting so big that search engines are being developed so people can find specific information in podcasts. Check out these sites and let me know if you have questions.

Hopefully, these sights will help you research your passions and interests. If not, develop your own podcast.

Until next time,